Lawmakers in cities across Iowa are moving to reinstate bans on home fireworks displays after a state ban was repealed. Officials in Davenport, Sioux City, Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids have said they are moving to tighten municipal fireworks restrictions and enforcement after noise complaints and reports of illegal fireworks use on the Fourth of July.
Researchers say that high tides could cause flooding every other week in as many as 131 New Jersey coastal communities, based on the most severe scenario examined in a study. Only Louisiana would suffer worse effects from chronic flooding, according to the study.
Tazewell County, Ill., is redesigning its emergency response system as part of an unfunded state mandate to consolidate 911 and public safety call centers. The county plans to consolidate from four emergency call centers to two.
Illinois' recently passed budget will allow newly hired state employees to be enrolled in a hybrid defined-benefit and defined-contribution plan. The budget, aimed at shoring up the state's most underfunded pension plans, estimates $500 million in annual savings from implementing the hybrid plans.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is sending about $1 billion in rebates to public and private employers in the state to use for employee safety programs or other purposes. Spokeswoman Melissa Vince said the bureau also is planning a $44 million investment in health and safety initiatives, including a new wellness program.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, after meeting Thursday with college sexual assault victims and those accused of assault, says there's "work to be done" and signaled that she would update and clarify federal policies. Critics say DeVos needs more input from assault survivors, but DeVos promised new policies would not ignore women's allegations of assault.
International students studying in the US could be required to reapply for visas each year under a proposal being considered by the US Department of Homeland Security. About 5% of college and university students in the US are from other countries.
Remembering to breathe and take a break for physical activity can help you avoid letting negative emotions get the better of you during a conversation, advises John Stoker. Consider what could be the logical reason behind someone else's behavior and your own part in the situation while staying on the lookout for projective listening.
Aon plans to announce second-quarter and full-year 2017 results on Friday, Aug. 4, in a news release to be issued before the market opens. Greg Case, president and CEO, will host a conference call at 7:30 a.m. Central time on Aug 4. Read more.
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